Undergraduate Urban Planning Portfolio University of Cincinnati | DAAP School of Planning
Make Your Mark Event
Dearborn County Internship
Site Inventory, Analysis, and Design
Avondale Case Study
Growing up in the West Side of Cincinnati, I went to a private grade school and following that went to Elder High School. During my time there, I was heavily involved in service activities such as tutoring at St. Leoâ€™s Church, Covedale Elementary, and Oyler Elementary. Working with young students of various backgrounds helped shape the way I perceive communities throughout Cincinnati and the importance of collaborating with others to improve the lives of our youth. In the midst of developing a sense of awareness and thought to my surroundings, I also was becoming an artist. I sought to find meaning through fine arts and pushed myself to understand the impact beauty has on the world. I created a portfolio my senior year of high school which reflected all I had learned about creating two-dimensional art over the course of my four years at Elder, for I had solidified my interest in an art-related future and thus transitioned to attending the University of Cincinnati: College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Contact 513.846.4643 5766 Snyder Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45247
The combination of service and art have given me the strength to pursue new passions in community development and urban design. I want to use my talents to change the way people perceive communities while also beautifying them in the process. My goal for the future is to work towards using design to impact communities in new ways through bridging the gaps between the urban landscape and community growth.
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programs volunteer experience
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio GPA 3.29 College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning Bachelor of Urban Planning Expected Graduation Date: May, 2021 School of Planning Scholarship, May 2017 EHI Consultant Award, May 2017 Dean’s List, Fall 2016 Elder High School, Cincinnati, Ohio Advanced Placement 2-D Design (two-semesters), Drawing, Graphic Design, Industrial Design (two semesters), Painting (two-semesters), Photography, & Mixed Media James R. Borgman Sr. Art Purchase Award, May 2016 Art Academy of Cincinnati Regional Award & Silver Key, January 2016 Certificate for Outstanding Achievement in Art, September 2015 Dearborn County Planning and Zoning Intern Lawrenceburg, Indiana Assisted the Planning Director with Dearborn County’s Comprehensive Plan Collected data, created graphics, layouts, and assisted with policy development for West Harrison Town Created an Economic Profile for Dearborn County
GPA 3.00 Graduated: 2016
January, 2018-May, 2018
Funky’s Catering “B-Level” Server Served wedding celebrations, company events, and various other celebrations Responsible for keeping to the event time-line and ensuring guests receive the highest quality service
July, 2017 - Present
Penn Station East Coast Subs Crew Leader Positioned to prepare and serve food, run the register, and keep watchful eye over crew members Responsible for opening and closing the store on a regular basis
April, 2015 - Present
Advanced Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Office Intermediate AutoCAD, ArcGIS, SketchUp Covedale & Oyler Elementary Tutor Assisted students one-on-one with reading twice a week St. Leo’s Church Tutor Helped teach grade-school students with reading, writing, and mathematics Warsaw Federal Window Painting Painted 10ft by 6ft window that best represented the historic Rapid Run Park in Cincinnati Mercy Health West Mural Painted 8ft by 5ft mural based on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount Student Planning Organization Assited in organizing planning activities, guest speakers, and field trips Member of DAAP Tribunal Stimulate, coordinated, and sponsored student activities for DAAP students Elderado Yearbook Club Edited grammar, punctuation, and mechanics; photographed extracurricular activities Elder Art Club Organized field trips and after school activities; coordinated and executed the Elder Art Show
January, 2016 - May, 2016 January, 2015 - May, 2016 January, 2016 September, 2013 September 2017-Present January, 2017 - Present August, 2014 - May, 2016 August, 2012 - May, 2016
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Thursday, June 14th |6-9pm 2870 Colerain Ave.
Space Activation Design Team | 2018 Summer Planning Studio
Partnering with the Community Development Corporations Association of Greater Cincinnati and Camp Washington neighborhood, our summer studio class was tasked with activating a vacant space to build demand for the Colerain Avenue business district. Through the form of an event which utilizes food, music, and art as three cornerstone ideas for what the owner of the 2872 building may consider putting there in the future, we were split into three teams: Communications & Development, Marketing and Storytelling, and Design team.
2872 Colerain Avenue, Site cleanup day, June 7th, 2018
The Design team was responsible for organizing the space, creating a time-line, materials, and all other design elements. We built diagrams, models, and final renderings to display the future of the site as a collection of ideas from neighborhood residents, local stakeholders, and the CDCA.
Chase Public Studio
Diagram of site features
Stage area/gathering space
Further diagrammatic studies of the site’s “wall zones” shows what each of the four corners will be used for on the day of our event. Using AutoCAD, our team put together a precise aerial view of where each object on the site will be placed - these include a built park-let installation, palette stage, 55-gallon drums, and wooden spools.
8 AutoCAD Diagram of site elements
Using SketchUp, our team created a simple rendering of the siteâ€™s key elements as well as a detailed rendering of the park-let installation.
Using SketchUpâ€™s V-Ray rendering software, our team put together a future model of what the site could become: a vibrant outdoor public space focused on showcasing the local neighborhood interests.
Stair Installation The “Up to DAAP Project” | 2018 Intro. to Public Art
As I continue to grow as a Planner and Designer, I have thought about the ways I can incorporate my passion for art into my future. I have begun to focus on Public Art and Place-making and am currently pursuing a certificate. A big part of this decision had to do with taking the Intro to Public Art class. Our main project was designing a public work of art that was installed on the staircase between the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning and Clifton Avenue. We created two designs that were printed on vinyl sheets - cut and pasted onto the risers of the steps. The first design will be displayed until August and the second will be installed during UC’s “Welcome Weekend” in the fall.
Using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, our team put together a piece dedicated to the differences of each school to show that while our majors separate us - we have similar goals of changing the world through art and design.
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earborn County is often overlooked when businesses or other agencies look to relocate or expand. Located in Southeast Indiana, much of the opportunity there is lost due to higher profile areas nearby such as downtown Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. Despite the competition, development officials continue to push towards changing the perception that it’s too far from the big city and draw business into Southeast Indiana with the main focus on the short commute to Cincinnati, close proximity to the International Airport, and abundance of undeveloped land throughout. The state of Indiana is ranked first in the Midwest and fifth nationally for doing business by Chief Executive magazine and has maintained its position as a top business state two years in a row. Governor of Indiana Eric J. Holcomb said, “Over the past 12 years, Indiana has worked to create a world-class economy by passing balanced state budgets, reducing regulatory burdens and investing in the future”. Indiana’s tax and regulatory policy as well as workforce quality rank in the top 15 states in nation, for as the Crossroads of America, the state’s competitiveness will only continue to flourish.
Intern Project | 2018 Dearborn County P&Z Internship
The Economic Profile seeks to provide a foundation of information to enhance informed decision making based on the current condition of the broader County-wide economy. To sustain and help grow the Southeastern economy, investment in the county’s leading industries (education and health services, manufacturing, and retail trade), infrastructure improvements, and continued support of small local businesses will help propel Dearborn into a successful future.
As a part of my project list during my internship at Dearborn County, I was asked to created an economic profile for the county to be used by local and outside businesses for future decision making. The profile was 10 pages of the most current data available ranging from labor force, industry, and local education data, and county tax information.
DEARBORN COUNTY, INDIANA 2018 ECONOMIC PROFILE 165 Mary Street, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025 | 812.537.1040 | www.dearborncounty.org
Labor Force, 2017-2018
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Feb-2017 Total 25,475 24,430 1,045 4.60% Source: Hoosiers by the Numbers, State Employment & Unemployment
Largest Manufacturing Employers
Product/Service Caskets, metal stamping Glass containers & bottles Spirits Canned & bottled beverages Mold castings Specialty packaging Machinery for crushing, grinding & mixing Plastic fabrication Asphalt Paving Machine parts, custom grinding & plating Adhesives Laser tooling & welding Wooden, metal & plastic patterns
2014 25,114 23,468 1,646 6.60%
2016 25,719 24,515 1,204 4.70%
Employment 901 310 300 131 63 60 56 56 28 26 40 33 29
Company Product/Service Location Hollywood Casino Riverboat Casino/Entertainment Lawrenceburg Perfect North Slopes** Tourism/Recreation Greendale Dearborn County Hospital Medical Facility Lawrenceburg Sunman-Dearborn Schools Education Sunman Wal-Mart Supercenter Discount Retail Aurora South-Dearborn Schools Education Aurora Dearborn County County Government Lawrenceburg Lawrenceburg Community Schools Education Lawrenceburg Kroger- Store 363 Groceries Lawrenceburg Community Mental Health Mental Health Services Lawrenceburg American Electric Power Electricity Lawrenceburg Source: Dearborn County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, **Added from Dearborn County Government Website
Employees 2500 945 875 515 400 436 321 236 170 270 126
Largest Non-Manufacturing Employers
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting
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Transportation and warehousing, and utilities
Finance and insurance, real estate, rental and leasing
Professional, scientific, and waste management services
American Fact Finder https://factfinder.census.gov/ American Fact Finder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American Fact Finder comes from several censuses and surveys. Indiana Economic Development Council
https://www.iedc.in.gov/ The Indiana Economic Development Council is the leading economic development agency for the State of Indiana. Officially established in 2005, the IEDC is committed to attracting and supporting new business investment, creating new jobs for Hoosiers, and furthering our legacy as one of the top states in the nation for business. STATS Indiana http://www.stats.indiana.edu/ STATS Indiana is the statistical data utility for the State of Indiana, developed and maintained since 1985 by the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana’s Kelley School of Business. Support is or has been provided by the State of Indiana and the Lilly Endowment, the Indiana Department of Work force Development and Indiana University. Indiana’s Zoom Prospector http://statein.zoomprospector.com/
Dearborn County Dearborn County Planning & Zoning
https://www.dearborncounty.org/planning/ The official website of the Dearborn County government. The Planning & Zoning department is in charge of all enforcement of the zoning standards of the county as dictated by the Zoning Ordinance. Additionally, all building permits are reviewed by the department for compliance with the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance. 513.621.6300
The OKI Regional Council of Governments is a council of local governments, business and community groups committed to developing collaborative strategies to improve the quality of life and the economic vitality of the region. Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corporation
South Dearborn Community School Corporation
Other Services, except public administration
24,662 100% 3,085,179
Dearborn County Visitor Center http://www.visitsoutheastindiana.com/
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Industry by Occupation ACS 2016 5-year Estimates
Educational services, and health care and social assistance
The U.S. Census Bureau collects and reports demographic and economic data for the nation, states, counties and cities.
Arts, entertainment, and recreation, food services Public administration
U.S. Census Bureau
Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Regional Council of Governments
Manufacturing Wholesale Trade
2015 25,247 23,955 1,292 5.10%
Location Aurora Greendale Lawrenceburg Lawrenceburg Lawrenceburg Lawrenceburg Aurora Lawrenceburg Aurora Aurora Aurora Lawrenceburg West Harrison
Industry by Occupation Comparison
Labor Force since The Great Recession, 2008-2016
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Labor Force 26,244 26,096 25,524 25,339 24,980 25,194 Employed 24,707 23,533 22,752 22,898 22,756 23,061 Level 1,537 2,563 2,772 2,441 2,224 2,133 Unemployment Rate 5.90% 9.80% 10.90% 9.60% 8.90% 8.50% Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Sets 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Company Aurora Casket Company Anchor Glass MGP Ingredients Pri-Pak Batesville Products IntraPac International Corp Stedman Machine Company Omni Technologies Paul H. Rohe Company D & S Machine Specialty Adhesive Film Company Tradeline Fabricating Northbend Pattern Works Dearborn County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
“Listen Up, CLOVERNOOK!” | Master Plan
Site Inventory, Analysis, Site Design | 2017 Site Planning Studio In the third semester of the Bachelor of Urban Planning program our studio was provided the opportunity to work with a real client. The client has tasked us with creating an inventory, analysis, and site design for the two properties they own along Hamilton Avenue. Through the three phases, we provided them with invaluable information in context of the sites and sought ways to provide on site housing for the users of the clientâ€™s programs as well as increased sustainable jobs for the city of North College Hill.
Sinlge Family Multi-Unit Mixed-Use Public Space Garden Runoff Pond
Parking Lots Two-story Row Housing
“Row Housing” | Two stories tall | Potential Expansion
Community Garden Interactive Landscape Single Family Residential
Community Space Parking Lots
Pond Terraced Garden
“Elevated Circular Landscape” | Eight Feet Tall | Storm Water Collection
Perspective of Community Space
Current elevation does poor job of moving site storm water.
Proposed elevation filters storm water through rain garden and moves downhill through the terraced garden so it may slowly soak into the landscape. Expansion of stream into a pond will provide habitat and help water shed collection.
Current Site Elevation
“Terraced Landscape” | Five Levels | Storm Water Filtration
Public access to pond provides new area to encourage merging the new site in with present community.
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Proposed Site Elevation 200 FeetAdobe off Hamilton Avenue into SiteAdobe Photoshop, I created a conceptual design for Using Illustrator and the potential reuse of the 6550 Hamilton Avenue property. A range of diagrams, perspectives, and an overall context plan show the key features of my site design through the lens of using the site as a storm water collection agent in context of 18 the city of North College Hill.
Perspective of Site Entrance
Hamilton County and Surrounding Townships Hamilton Avenue Corridor
Land Use Distribution
MIN 10ft 28.8ft AVG. MAX
Neighborhood Connections Springfield Township
MIN 10ft AVG. MAX
Hamilton Avenue is 4.63 miles in length through Mount Healthy, North College Hill, and College Hill.
MIN AVG. MAX
Education & Government Institution
Distance from Pavement
Vacant Clovernook Parcels
0 0.25 0.5 Miles Using ArcMap and Adobe1 Illustrator, I created three maps that describe the connections between the site through the “Hamilton Avenue Corridor”.
Using ArcMap and Adobe Illustrator, I created an inventory and suitability map for site surroundings directly related to blind and visually impaired way-finding. Within a quarter mile of each site, street typologies begin to reciprocate the information that the 6550 Hamilton Avenue provides more pedestrian safety access.
Legend DWS Crosswalks Street with Buffer_Site 1 Street with Buffer_Site 2 Building Footprint Sidewalks
Location of Street Typologies
Driveways Pavement Site 1
Site 2 North College Hill
Legend 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
W. Galbraith Road
8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Site 1 Site 2 Sidewalks Driveways
Pavement NCH Boundary
Foam Core and Spray Paint, 2017
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Contour Studies Landscape Contour Project | 2017 Site Planning Studio
The objective of creating a landscape contour from an abstract painting encouraged me to show my creative process and how I approach certain challenges that arise in that process. I learned that just as people are able to look at a work of art from many points of view, what they derive from the piece is entirely up to what they are willing themselves into seeing; thus, in the process of creating the contour, my creative process yielded the movement and slope direction throughout.
The following is a story process book I created in InDesign. The images on pages 8 & 9 were created with the pen tool in Photoshop and every other drawing was done by hand on trace paper.
Pr o c e s s B o o k Site Planning Studio The Painting
František Kupka created a painting called “Amorpha: Fugue in Two Colors” in 1912 . The piece is a final from a collection of many similar studies done surrounding the same principles of abstract art.
Kupka’s more organic early works were a key component to how he transitioned to abstraction and will be a focus as I transition to creating my contour. The textures suggest he was interested in line work and layers, which are prominent features of my study painting.
4 The landscape is formed by breaking down the three separate components which were the black, white, and colored shapes through using trace paper layered over the painting. The individual shapes of the form are what make the composition successful and the piece flows from the bottom left and center to the top right.
sun, plant, and soil identified with eye movement using color
combination of elements
By separating the red and blue areas of the painting, the complex geometry shows sweeping circular movement throughout. In the movement studies, the composition and angular separation were combined and the resemblance of a plant growing out of the ground became discernible.
red and blue space identified
black space identified
white space identified
Breaking it Down
6 I began to sketch the significant features I found in the painting and started experimenting with contour lines.
significant shapes from studies
base contour idea
My final first rendering of the contour lines shows overlapping shapes with crisp cut lines as discovered in my studies with a large cliff going right through the center - up to the top right of the composition.
defining contour forms with slope direction
Issues & Challenges
composition drawing with separated layers (dark = lowest plane; lighter = highest plane)
Contours not flowing well
After seeing how my initial drawing was too sharp and did not flow well, I began drafting a new series of sketches that followed the same principles as my studies; however, I discovered how to push the idea of disconnection with direction through the movement and sharp lines of tightly-knit down slopes and up slopes.
layers extended to show slope heights
disconnection with direction
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Neighborhood Case Study | 2017 Planning Studio Graphics II To the right is a sensory map of Avondale, one of Cincinnatiâ€™s historic neighborhoods. The lack of a retail center is evident after traveling through the neighborhood and contributes to the dissipating economic growth of the area. With an area of about 1.4 squared miles, Avondale is one of the largest neighborhoods in the Cincinnati area but has no major grocery store to support itâ€™s population.
Cincinnati zoo & botanical garden
The Cincinnati Zoo opened in 1875 behind the driving force of Andrew Erkenbrecher. He was a local philanthropist and amateur naturalist who pushed the Zoological Society of Cincinnati to open a small but diverse colection of animals that included six raccoons, two elk, eight monkeys, two grizzly bears, a tiger, and alligator, a retired circus elephant, a buffalo, and more than 400 birds. Today, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is home to more than 500 animals, animal 3,000 plant species, and is seen as a leader and innovator for conservation and education. The Zoo is a pivotal piece to the Avondale puzzle and represents the effect that the integration of a zoo into a neighborhood has on the surrounding footprint..
Reading Road is also known as U.S. Route 42 and was the primary transit that ran north and south through Cincinnati all the way up to Cleveland prior to all the interstates being built. Reading Road through Cincinnati had a lot of development along it which brought in congestion and heavy slow traffic. When I-75 was built, the northern suburbs had a faster route that allowed them to bypass Reading Road. Then when I-71 was built, even more traffic was taken away from reading road. Reading Road became a place you didn’t go unless you lived off of it.
In 1893, Avondale was annexed by the City of Cincinnati. This was very benefitial for the village of Avondale which had been plauged with burgalries, public drunkeness and brawling. The annex provided Avondale residents with access to the Cincinnati police and fire departments. Crime was greatly reduced and the additon of the streetcar increased the population of Avondale dramatically.
The Evolution of Avondale
1830 German immigrants came to Cincinnati in hopes of starting a new life 1853 A woman saw a stream behind her house that reminded her of the avon river in england, name would later be incorporated
When both I-75 and I-71 were being built, they displaced a large number of lower income individuals in the city. Many of them ended up moving up the hills and eventually to Avondale, which was an area of very large older homes that could easily be subdivided into cheap flats. The original founders of Avondale sold their homes and moved further into the suburbs to escape the lower income families.
Lincoln & liberty statue
The Lincoln and Liberty statue was unveiled in 1902 located at the southwest corner of Reading Road and Forest Avenue. The statue was a gift to the city and Cincinnati Public Schools from Captain Charles Clinton, a Civil War veteran. It was created by artist William Granville Hastings. The statue stands about 19 feet tall and features President Abraham Lincoln on a granite Libe kneeling below with a quill pedestal with Liberty stretched out from her right hand writing the words, “With malice toward none” which was taken from Lincoln’s second inaugural address. This quote reminded people that the Civil War would soon be over and to look at others with forgiveness and love, not malice or hate. Today, the statue serves as a remembrance of what once was and how far society has come to break down racism and inequality throughout the United States.
Using Adobe Photoshop, I used several tools to create puzzle pieces to give shape to the timeline and an overarching theme. Avondale is slowly but surely getting to a point where if the right pieces are added, through community planning and collaboration, much good will follow. I added pictures where appropriate to complete the time line. The Historical Narrative, also created using Adobe Photoshop, is a collection of the key areas in Avondale with historical context. I super-imposed the aged post card photos in front of the current day state to bring them back to life and wrote a paragraph of text about the historical significance.
1864 July 27, Avondale becomes an offical village by Daniel Collier, Seth Evans, and Joe Moores Bu became the first mayor of the 1864 Stephen Burto village of Avondale Streetcar lines were built to Avondale 1903 1890 Rich German-Jewish families fled into the norther part of Avondale Fleishchmann Park was established along 1925 Forest Avenue 1892 Subdivisions built by Richard M. Mitchell Reading Road (U.S. Route 42) built 1926 1893 Avondale was annexed by the City of Cincinnati
Mill Creek Express Way displaces 1940 residents North and South Avondale Split No
Planners identified Avondale as blighted 1956 and in need of rehabliitation North Avondale prices declined, 1960 character preserved The Lincoln Statue Riot 1967 Over police harassment, lack of jobs, and selling of poor products for high prices
Martin Luther King Riot brought tension 1968 between African Americans because of difficulties finding work Avondale Redevlopment Corporation 1980 2003 Redevlopment along Burnette buildings by the Local Initiative Support Corporation and Avondale Community Council
Oscar Robinson funded a small scale 1983 redevlopment project for buesinesses
2010 L.I.S.C. begins projects on Burnette Avenue and Reading Road 2012 U.S. Housing $30 Million grant to bring revitalization to Avondale
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Pencil Drawings Campus Walking Tour | 2016 Planning Design Graphics I
To the left, I have displayed a graphite drawing I created for a walking tour of the University of Cincinnati’s Uptown West Campus. Cincinnati is known for having many public hill-side staircases which provide unique ways of walking uphill, and the University of Cincinnati follows similar patterns of ascending walking patterns. “Sensational-Stair Spaces” sought to guide pedestrians through campus in a unique way -through the stair cases that connected spaces of value together just as the hillsides of Cincinnati do.
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
Navy Pier Chicago, Illinois | 2016 Visiting Cities
Visiting other cities is an important step to take in order to better understand the built environment. I have been to various cities such as Indianapolis, Columbus, Washington D.C., and Coopers-town. While these cities were diverse, I was most perplexed by my time spend in Chicago. To the right, I captured a moment of a girl looking towards the skyline out of a Ferris wheel from Navy Pier.
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
Gabrielâ€™s Place, Avondale, Cincinnati, Ohio
Niagara Falls, New York
Utica Paint, Utica, New York
Watercolor on Board, 2016
High School Artwork | 2015-2016 â€œWhat Do Hands Do?â€? Beyond my interests in Urban Design & Planning, I also am passionate about the fine arts. To the right is a multi-media collage piece made of paper, marker, ink, and water color paint. It was assembled starting with several marker drawings on cream-color paper of hand railings, then evolved from observation by combining the drawings, adding ink hands, and a few text items I found in a music book.
36 Ink, marker, and water color on paper, 2015
Watercolor on Paper, 2016 Watercolor and Acrylic on Board, 2016
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Max Merritt's Undergraduate Urban Planning and Design Portfolio | University of Cincinnati | DAAP School of Planning | Second Year
Published on Dec 7, 2017
Max Merritt's Undergraduate Urban Planning and Design Portfolio | University of Cincinnati | DAAP School of Planning | Second Year